Running of the Wieners

The Running of the Wieners is the annual kickoff to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati! 100 dachshunds will race to be crowned the winning wiener at the Running of the Wieners, Thursday, September 19, 2019.   

How it Works

Each dachshund, outfitted in their provided hot dog bun costume, will run approximately 75 feet in heats of ten to their owners at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning wiener dog! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! 

The race is free to spectators and we encourage you to bring your family and friends. 

Race Details

The race takes place the Thursday before Oktoberfest weekend on Freedom Way between Walnut and Rosa Parks in downtown Zinzinnati.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Check-in: 12-12:30 a.m. (Freedom Way and Walnut, across from Yard House)
Heat 1 start: 1:00 p.m.
FREE to spectators
Cost: $35 (includes all race competition gear including hot dog bun costume and owner t-shirt) 
If you are registering more than one dog, you must register each dog individually.


Click here: Running of the Wieners Registration Registration closed.